Working in Clark County: Laureano Mier, Pearson Field Education Center director

6 a.m. October 20

Laureano Mier became interested in aviation at age 8. Now 53 years old, Mier is passionate about everything aviation and the historical importance of Fort Vancouver's Pearson Airfield. "The moment I built my first model airplane I knew I had to be involved with aviation," he says. "I want people to know that Pearson is the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest operating air fields in the world."

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Berko: Printer's new path could make it a sleeper

By Malcolm Berko October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: In January 2013, I had a $2,050 cash balance in my individual retirement account from a preferred stock that was partially called away. So I bought 200 shares of RR Donnelley at $8.75 because I used to work for that company in Chicago when I was in high school in the 1960s, because I myself am in the printing business and because the stock paid a $1.04 dividend that yielded almost 12 percent. It has now doubled, and I am thinking of buying 300 shares for our joint account with the money from a $5,000 certificate of deposit that comes due next week. Now the stock pays a 6.9 percent yield. Would you advise this? Could it double again, and is the dividend safe?

Tech Test: Would sit/stand 'smart' desk be a wise purchase?

By PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

You may want to sit down for this. Then get up. Then sit down again.

Clark County Business Briefing

By Mary Ricks October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

People in business

Taco Bell tests Sriracha items

By Associated Press October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Want to take a run for the border but wind up in Bangkok? Taco Bell is testing a new menu that promises just that, as it looks to tap into the cult following for the red Thai hot sauce known as Sriracha.

Food-delivery startups are fattening up on technology

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Cassandra Santana rarely has time to shop for food, let alone cook it.

Google takes on Amazon with new delivery service

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Google wants a piece of Amazon's retail delivery business. On Tuesday, Google began offering consumers a subscription costing $95 a year, or $10 a month, to receive free same-day deliveries from a wide range of shops —similar to the $99 Amazon Prime package.

Whole Foods rolls out produce rankings

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," "better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Wal-Mart's new smartphone-friendly GoBank has bankers on edge

By Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Wal-Mart is rolling out a new checking account product, and bankers aren't happy about it.

Women fall back in tech; reasons not entirely clear

By Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — When Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said earlier this month that women needn't ask for raises but should trust in the system to get the pay they deserved, a firestorm of reaction ignited around the issues of unequal pay for men and women and the gender gap in the technology industry.

Strictly Business: 'Earning' a place in the media

By Gordon Oliver October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

I was the only man in the room last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Clark County. I had no complaints, but I had to wonder what advice about the news business I could offer these hardworking women whose business ventures ranged from tattoo artist to real estate broker.

Urban NW Homes focuses on sustainability

By Courtney Sherwood October 19, 2014 12:13 a.m.

Five years after bank failures and an economic meltdown froze Clark County’s home-building sector in its tracks, construction has returned to lots zoned and permitted long ago. Housing construction remains well below pre-recession levels. But as builders such as Troy Johns can attest, the legacy of the Great Recession may shape the face of new housing in the community for years to come.

Workplace lead rules rarely enforced at gun ranges

October 19, 2014 12:05 a.m.

A hidden risk lies within almost all of America’s estimated 10,000 gun ranges: firing lead-based ammunition spreads vapor and dust filled with lead, an insidious toxin.

Berko: Health care stocks look to be healthy

By Malcolm Berko October 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: All the advertisers in the financial media claim to be wizards but either lie or brag only about their successes. Then when you get suckered into their spiels, those stories turn into losses. I'm given up subscribing to stock market investment services, listening to glib financial talk show hosts, attending financial seminars and buying financial magazines that brag about how they always beat the Standard & Poor's averages. Everybody wants to sell a deal. But none of these liars is worth a darn except for one money manager — who won't take us back, because my wife was too forceful in objecting to the 1 percent fee he had been charging since 2009. Could you persuade this person, who knows you, to take us back? If not, I want you to recommend low-cost, high-growth, high-rated mutual funds in which to invest $700,000 for the next 12 years that I won't need to watch every week. Also, make sure that the mutual funds you recommend are all no-load mutuals.

State Apple Commission juices up export efforts

By Mike Irwin, The Wenatchee World October 18, 2014 6 a.m.

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Commission rallied its international marketing forces this week to better sell 2014's record-shattering apple crop in countries around the world.

Pickle plant on a roll in Skagit County

By MARK STAYTON, Skagit Valley Herald October 18, 2014 6 a.m.

BURLINGTON — Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles recently started up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.